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Our Mission

A Sequoyah School education challenges the mind, nurtures the heart and celebrates human dignity.

Sequoyah School

K-8 CAMPUS
626-795-4351
535 S Pasadena Ave
Pasadena CA 91105-3001

9-12 CAMPUS
626-441-2076
301 N Orange Grove Bl
Pasadena CA 91103

Sequoyah School is an independent day school in Pasadena, California, where students thrive in a diverse community, appreciated for their individuality, and supported by a progressive approach to learning.

Sequoyah offers an innovative college-preparatory curriculum in a student-centered, experiential, humanistic environment. The school maintains a low student-to-teacher ratio and a developmentally appropriate program from elementary grades through high school, so that attention may be continually focused on a student’s social and emotional growth and academic progress.

Sequoyah's high school is growing and we are looking for faculty members to join our team.

TO APPLY: Please email your resumé and indicate your area of interest in the “Subject” line.

We are a community of learners.

Philosophy & Values
Sequoyah seeks to understand each student’s abilities, personality characteristics, and the pursuits in which they are likely to find the deepest satisfaction. Students at Sequoyah know that their voices matter in the world and that their acts of stewardship make the community a better place for all. Sequoyah’s Habits of Mind encompass a broadened definition of expected school-wide learning results. Faculty and staff are expected to incorporate these same principles in their work as members of the school community.
Teaching & Learning

Sequoyah’s teachers possess the expertise to develop curriculum and to apply strategies that foster critical and creative thinking, inquiry, and application. They are encouraged to bring their talents and interests to the classroom.

Administrators work alongside faculty to develop a culture that values multiple perspectives to broaden understanding, address challenges, and identify opportunities.

A professional development program informs shared practices throughout K-12.

Approach

Sequoyah’s placed-based approach utilizes the surrounding community as the context for teaching. Education is regarded as a preparation for active citizenship while reinforcing the skills for continuing scholarship. On field trips and camping trips at each grade level, students are immersed in local heritage, culture, and landscape. An emphasis on social justice and the application of knowledge and skills to contemporary issues extends from kindergarten to high school.

Community

The Sequoyah School community honors and reflects the ethnic, cultural and economic diversity of Southern California. Our student and family populations represent a diversity of ethnic backgrounds and cultural experience. Our commitment to the principals of mutual respect, inclusion, and equity inform our admissions process and tuition structure, with 30-40% of families paying below the maximum tuition.

History

In 1958, Sequoyah’s founders established a school community comprised of a broad spectrum of family backgrounds and offered a thoughtful alternative to standardized classroom teaching. For more than 60 years, the school has provided an education based on distinctive values, aspirations, and research-based practices. 

Accreditations & Memberships

Sequoyah is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Independent Curriculum Group, and is an Ashoka Changemaker School.

Sequoyah School is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Head of School Search

Learn about about Sequoyah's search for a new Head of School.

Opportunities
at Sequoyah

Sequoyah School has a rich history of diversity and seeks candidates to enhance that tradition. Sequoyah offers competitive salary and benefits.

TO APPLY: See specific instructions in job listings below.

K-12 Administrative, Faculty & Staff Positions

Social & Emotional Learning Specialist

Part-time position: 12 hours/week
Reports to: Director of Curriculum and Student Support

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Apply for This Position:

Sequoyah is an independent K-12 day school in Pasadena, California offering an innovative college-preparatory curriculum in a student-centered, experiential, humanistic environment. The school offers a developmentally appropriate program from Kindergarten through high school. In keeping with its mission, “A Sequoyah education challenges the mind, nurtures the heart, and celebrates human dignity,” the school’s program supports a student’s social and emotional growth alongside their academic progress. The school was founded in 1958 and recently expanded its highly regarded elementary and junior high program to include a high school. The high school campus is located just a few miles away from the K-8 campus.

Sequoyah School seeks an inspiring, passionate educator to join our community as
a K-12 Social & Emotional Learning Specialist.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Curriculum & Assessment

  • Promote good citizenship and mindful behavior by working with your students to create a class culture with routines and expectations based on the school’s Habits of Mind
  • Work with the Director of Counseling and Student Wellness to develop the Human Development curriculum scope and sequence considering alignment with objectives for Diversity & Inclusion and academic coaching

  • Teach Human Development classes weekly

  • Communicate the Human Development curriculum with faculty, students, and parents

  • Make recommendations to the Parent Education committee of guest speakers, panels, film screenings, or other opportunities to provide forums for conversation on human development and social and emotional learning topics

Parent/Staff Relations

  • Communicate in a timely and constructive manner with colleagues and other members of the community, whether through Sequoyah email, phone, or personal meetings. Make efforts to be flexible and cheerful

  • Ensure timely and effective teacher/parent communications and a spirit of partnership

  • Keep the administration informed of class needs, issues, and problems in a timely manner

  • Perform other tasks as the Head of School and Assistant Head of School may request from time to time

Professional Growth & Responsibilities

    • Seek constructive feedback from colleagues in the faculty and the administration, set goals, and reflect on professional practice during the year
    • Stay informed of the Employee Guidebook policies
    • Respond to phone/email communications within 24 hours to at least recognize the communication
    • Make efforts to attend the school’s community events

Desired Qualifications, Expertise, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Classroom teaching experience in lower and middle school preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Interest in anti-bias and anti-racist practices
  • Demonstrated ability to be a valuable resource for students, parents, faculty, and staff

Download Full Job Description: K-12 Social & Emotional Learning Specialist

TO APPLY: Please email resumé and cover letter. Use the title of this position as the “Subject” line.

There are no K-12 positions currently open. Scroll down to see K-8 and 9-12 positions.

Thank you for your interest in Sequoyah School.

Sequoyah School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any phase of employment. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status.

K-8 Faculty & Staff Positions

Daycare Staff (K-8)

Part-time position: starts immediately
Reports to: Director of Daycare

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Daycare staff members (K-8) are responsible for providing after-school student supervision through engagement in activities, games, arts & crafts, learning, and play.

This is a part-time position: 20 hours per week, 2:30–6:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, and during daytime and evening meetings, special events, and teacher in-service days.

TO APPLY: Please email Beatriz Rodriquez-Lagunas, Interim Director of Daycare and Community Programs, and include your resumé and a cover letter. Your cover letter should detail why you are interested in this position and why you think you would be a good fit for Sequoyah. Please include “Daycare Staff” in the subject line of your email.

Sequoyah School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any phase of employment. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status.

9-12 Faculty & Staff Positions

Sequoyah's high school is growing and we are looking for faculty members to join our team.

TO APPLY: Please email your resumé and indicate your area of interest in the “Subject” line.

9-12 Mathematics Teacher

Full-time position: 2022-2023 School Year
Reports to: High School Director

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In Sequoyah’s innovative high school program, an extension of our K-8 program, students are guided through the deep intellectual exploration of content following a student-centered, problem-based pedagogy that offers relevant contexts for exploration and opportunities for application. 

We are seeking candidates who have experience teaching mathematics to include: algebra, geometry, algebra 2, precalculus, calculus, Higher Math, and statistics, and who are able to demonstrate mastery in the field. Candidates should be passionate about project-based, student-centered pedagogy and have experience with or have an interest in changemaking and service-learning.

The full time teaching position responsibilities include:

  • Teach two sections of mathematics courses per semester (Courses may include algebra, geometry, algebra 2, precalculus, calculus, Higher Math, and statistics.)
  • Teach one section of a mini-course elective for the equivalent of one semester
  • Act as an Advisor to a group of 10-12 students
  • Facilitate a group in the Social Innovation
  • Program (SIP) during the weekly SIP block

We are seeking candidates who:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
  • Have 3+ years of teaching experience
  • Are interested in deeper learning and competency-based education
  • Teach from an inclusive, anti-racist standpoint
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diversity in the academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of high school students

TO APPLY: Please email your resumé and cover letter, along with any materials requested in the job description. Use the title of this position in your “Subject” line.

Download Job Description: 9-12 Mathematics Teacher

9-12 Spanish Teacher

Full-time position: 2022-2023 School Year
Reports to: High School Director

Download Job Description: 
Download Application: 
Apply for This Position:

In Sequoyah’s innovative high school program, an extension of our K-8 program, students are guided through the deep intellectual exploration of content following a student-centered, problem-based pedagogy that offers relevant contexts for exploration and opportunities for application. 

We are seeking candidates who have experience teaching Spanish and are able to demonstrate mastery in the field. Courses may include Spanish 1 through SAS Spanish 5 (equivalent to AP Spanish). Candidates should be passionate about project-based, student-centered pedagogy and have experience with or have an interest in changemaking and service-learning.

The full time teaching position responsibilities include:

  • Teach two sections of Spanish language courses per semester (courses may include: Spanish 1 through SAS Spanish 5)
  • Teach one section of a mini-course elective for the equivalent of one semester
  • Act as an Advisor to a group of 10-12 students
  • Facilitate a group in the Social Innovation
  • Program (SIP) during the weekly SIP block

We are seeking candidates who:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
  • Have 3+ years of teaching experience
  • Are interested in deeper learning and competency-based education
  • Teach from an inclusive, anti-racist standpoint
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diversity in the academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of high school students

TO APPLY: Please email your resumé and cover letter, along with any materials requested in the job description. Use the title of this position in your “Subject” line.

Download Job Description: 9-12 Spanish Teacher

Interim Student Support Coordinator

Part-time position: 24 hours/week
Reports to: Director of Curriculum and Student Support

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Download Application: 
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Sequoyah School, an independent school founded in Pasadena, California in 1958, launched an innovative high school program in September of 2016. As an extension of our K-8 program, students are guided through the deep intellectual exploration of content following a student-centered, problem-based pedagogy that offers relevant contexts for exploration and opportunities for application. Furthermore, the high school program builds upon the changemaking work practiced in the K-8 program by offering a program for Social Innovation. Finally, field studies is a hallmark of a Sequoyah education that extends interdisciplinary teaching and learning as students and teachers travel around California, the Southwest and Pacific Northwest, and Latin America to explore the natural world and engage with a variety of communities. The high school program also offers international expeditions.

Job Summary: The High School Student Support Coordinator is responsible for overseeing and facilitating student support services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Partner proactively with faculty and administration to identify and support students with different learning styles, and teachers in their efforts to differentiate curricula and address different learning needs.
  • Observe and evaluate individual students displaying academic or behavioral difficulties and assess their learning strengths and challenges.
  • Develop and write student support plans with short and long-term goals and specific objectives.
  • Maintain confidential student records and keep accurate documentation of sessions, meetings, and assessments.
  • Direct one-on-one or small-group instruction and oversee resource teachers.
  • Coordinate meetings with teachers and parents and oversee communication with parents.
  • Recommend in-school and community resources for identified students.
  • Provide resources to help faculty and parents with questions about learning challenges
  • Work with professionals outside the school to support students and coordinate and facilitate communication between student, family, school, and other involved professionals.
  • Secure testing accommodations for qualifying students.
  • Network with learning specialists at other independent schools.
  • Pursue professional development opportunities.
  • Work with the Director of Curriculum and Student Support to provide professional development opportunities for faculty in the area of special needs.
  • Participate in committee, department, and staff meetings as well as school-sponsored events that would benefit from your area of expertise.
  • Be involved in the school community at large.
  • Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Director of Curriculum and Student Support.

Desired Expertise and Experience

  • Bachelor’s and/or graduate degree in Special Education or a related field; graduate degree preferred
  • 3+ years of teaching experience
  • Knowledge of learning disabilities, psycho-educational tests, reports, and assistive technology
  • Knowledge of administering and interpreting assessments and test results, academic achievement, and diagnostic testing<
  • Proven success as a leader in program development
  • Full understanding of differentiated instructional strategies across the curriculum
  • Outstanding interpersonal and organizational and facilitation skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Strong networking skills to ensure access to resources in the broader community
  • Detail-oriented and resourceful
  • Tactful and discreet
  • Technologically savvy
  • High-energy and enthusiastic about working in an academic atmosphere

Download Full Job Description: Interim Student Support Coordinator

TO APPLY: Please email resumé and cover letter. Use the title of this position as the “Subject” line.

9-12 Substitute Teachers

Part-time position
Reports to: High School Director

Apply for This Position:

If you are interested in joining the Sequoyah community as a substitute teacher, email your resumé and indicate your availability in your email message. Use the title of this position in your “Subject” line.

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Thank you for your interest in Sequoyah School.

Sequoyah School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any phase of employment. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status.

Sequoyah School

Elementary & Junior High Campus (K-8)
626 795 4351
Fax 626 795 8773
535 S Pasadena Ave
Pasadena CA 91105
Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
K-8 CAMPUS MAP
High School Campus (9-12)
626 441 2076
301 N Orange Grove Bl
Pasadena CA 91103
Monday– Friday 7:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
High School Website
HS CAMPUS MAP
Business Office
626 795 4351 x218
640 St. John Ave
Pasadena CA 91105
Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
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